“France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France,” said a leader of an Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) offshoot Monday after Mali government forces with French air cover made inroads Sunday on Islamist-held territory in North Mali. Asked where they would strike, Abou Dardar told AFP by phone: "Everywhere. In Bamako, in Africa and in Europe." He also promised a statement later Monday on the eight hostages they are holding in the Sahel region.